SAN FRANCISCO, USA
One of the United States' best-known landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, had its fiftieth anniversary on January 6.
SAN FRANCISCO, USA
1. LVs Golden Gate bridge from shore. (2 shots) 0.07
2. TRACKING SHOT From car window on bridge. 0.13
3. TOP VIEW Traffic crossing bridge. 0.19
4. LV Golden Gate bridge in storm. 0.27
5. FILE: Construction work on bridge in 1930s. 0.30
6. SCU Rich Zoellner, former bridge worker, speaking. (SOT) 0.36
7. FILE: Workers on bridge in 1930s. 0.39
8. LV Bridge under construction in 1930s: GV workers on bridge showing safety net. (5 SHOTS) 1.01
9. SCU Evan C. Lambert, the only survivor from bridge building accident speaking. (SOT) 1.09
10. TOP VIEW Traffic on bridge. 1.13
11. GVs & SVs Cars moving through t111 gates; workers collecting toll. (3 SHOTS) 1.22
12. LV & GV Bridge as seen from hill (2 SHOTS) 1.31
13. TOP VIEW Bridge seen through clouds. 1.37
14. AREIAL VIEW Bridge seen through clouds. 1.44
15. GV Bridge at dawn. 1.48
TRANSCRIPT: ZOELLNER: (SEQ 6) "I think the great thing was everybody said we couldn't do it and most of us guys took it personally. We felt a real accomplishment that we did it. We felt that we did it."
LAMBERT: (SEQ 9) "I had a kind of a controlled fall because I had my hards on a piece of the net, so before we hit the water I straightened up and hit feet first."
NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS COMMENTARY BY NBC REPORTER DAVID BURRINGTON, WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED.
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Background: SAN FRANCISCO, USA
One of the United States' best-known landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, had its fiftieth anniversary on January 6. The bridge has been described as a massive work of art, but nobody knows who drew up the final design. It was built in the early 1930s, during the worst years of the United States great economic depression. Never before had so long a bridge been attempted with such high towers. Builders had rarely been confronted with such a dangerous tides. Most of those who worked on it made only five U.S. dollars a day. One of these workers, Mr. Rich Zoellner, said many people at the time claimed the bridge could not be built. He said his fellow workers felt a great sense of accomplishment when it was finished. It took four years to complete and it set many records. The cables were the longest ever spun, using 128,000 kilometres (80,000 miles) of wire. A vast safety net saved the lives of 19 men, but just before the bridge was finished as scafold collapsed and the net tore loose. Eleven men fell into the water and only one survived. That man, Evan C. Lambert, remembered how he had saved himself by clutching onto a part of the net. The Golden Gate bridge cost 35 million dollars to build. Toll charges now bring in more than half that amount every year. Traffic over the bridge has almost reached its limit, but another deck could be added. Longer bridges now exist, but officials say it remains the most photographed object in the United States. It also attracts desperate people; 740 have jumped to their deaths from the bridge. However, it remains an inspiration to many, especially to writers and musicians who have used the bridge as a subject frequently during its fifty-year life.
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